The map below shows the Harbour area of Stonehaven where the Fireball ceremony takes place. It's a little tricky to read, but if you click on it you'll get a much larger version. Alternatively, you can download a nice clear PDF version to view and print out.
Please get a programe from one of the marshals and donate some cash to help us run this event.
Each year safety barriers are erected down either side of the High street, from the cannon at the west, to the slipway into the harbour at the east. These barriers can cause congestion later on in the evening so it is worth while getting a good spot around about 10.45 - 11:15 pm on the night.
The Fireballs start at midnight but there will entertainment from 11.00pm onwards. A Pipe Band and drumming band will play at various times from 11pm.
At 11.50 the pipe band will march away and leave one or two pipers who will lead the Fireball procession down the High Street.
Best spots have been said to be at the lighting up area at the Shorehead/Slipway and at the "Y" split in the road between King street and High street. As the swingers become tired (form around 00.15) they make their way to the Slipway and throw their Fireballs into the sea , this is worth seeing but can be awkward to get to as it can be a very busy area.
By 00.25 all the swingers will have arrived at the shorehead/slipway area and most fireballs will have been throwen into the harbour. At 00.25 the Fireworks will start, comming up from the Bervie Braes to the South of the harbour. They last about 5 minutes and are well worth seeing - simple but very effective.
There are many little back streets around this area which can allow you good access to different parts of the procession, so don't be afraid to explore these earlier on in the evening.
Remember and get the Programe - lots of additional details!
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